Virat Kohli produced another chasing masterclass as his magnificent 61 helped India comfortably beat Australia by 6 wickets at Sydney on Sunday.
India, trailing 1-0, went in with an unchanged line up, while the home side brought in Mitchell Starc for Jason Behrendorff.
After winning the toss for the first time in this series, the Australian opening pair of Darcy Short and Aaron Finch got their team off to a fine start as they added 68 runs for the opening wicket. Finch was given a life by Rohit but could not capitalize on that opportunity as his attempted sweep of Kuldeep Yadav saw him edge one to short fine leg for 33 runs.
Krunal Pandya then got into the action by bagging the wickets of Short, Ben McDermott and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession to peg the home side back.
Australia’s innings threatened to fall apart in the middle overs as they lost wickets at regular intervals.
However Alex Carey, Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter Nile added some valuable runs towards the end to take the total past the 150 run mark. They eventually finished with a competitive total of 164/6 in their allotted 20 overs.
Left arm bowler Pandya was India’s best bowler with figures of 4/36 in 4 overs.
Chasing a target of 165 runs, the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got their team off to a blazing start, as they added 67 runs in 33 balls, before Starc provided a vital breakthrough by getting rid of the dangerous Dhawan, LBW for a quickfire 41.
Indian vice captain Rohit fell immediately after to Adam Zampa for 23 runs.
Skipper Kohli, who had surprisingly come at No 4 at Gabba, was back at his original No 3 spot.
Kohli along with Lokesh Rahul added 41 runs for the third wicket, before the Karnataka batsman was dismissed by Maxwell for a slow 14.
Dashing wicket keeper batsman Rishabh Pant fell to a slower short ball from Andrew Tye for a first ball duck leaving India in trouble at 108/4.
Pant’s dismissal brought Dinesh Karthik to the crease. The Tamil Nadu international showed his experience and with Kohli at the other end, added an unbeaten 60 runs for the fifth wicket to see the home side through.
Kohli brought up his fifty in just 34 balls as India won the match with 2 balls to spare.
Pandya was declared the Man of the match for his brilliant spell of bowling, while Dhawan was awarded the Man of the series.
The focus now shifts to the test series, with the first of four games to be played at Adelaide on December 6.